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Che minister. . Directions.
You must seriously at-' Dear beloved in the tend to this exhortation, for it' • Lord, ye that mind to is full ofexcellent information
come to the holy com- and instruction ; it shows you munion of the body and the great benefit of coming blood of our Saviourworthily, that is, with a true Chrift, must consider how penitent heart and lively faith
WIto this holysacrament, and the St. Paul exhorteth all per-Igreat danger of coming una fons diligently to try and worthily, that is, without rea' examine themselves be- penting of your sins, and withfore they presume to catjout trusting in God's merci of that bread and drink through Christ. of that cup. For as the benefit is great if with a true penitent heart and lively faith we receive that holy sacrament, (for then we fpiritually eat the flesh of Christ, and drink his blood ; then we dwell in Christ, and Christ in us; we are one with Chrift, and Christ with us,) so is the danger great if we receive the same unworthily: for then we are guilty of the body and blood of Christ our Saviour in we eat and drink our own damnation, not conlidering the Lord's body; we kindle God's wrath
against us; we provoke him to plague us with ; divers diseases, and sundry kinds of death; judge
therefore yourselves, brethren, that ye be not judged of the Lord; repent ye truly for your los palt; have a lively and steadfast faith in Christ our Saviour; amend your lives, and be in perfect charity with all men, so shall ye be meet partakers of those holy mysteries; and above all things, ye must give molt humble and hearty thanks to God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, for the redemption of the world by the death and passion of our Savio our Christ, both God and man, who did humble himself even unto death upon the cross for us miserable Ginners, who lay in darkness and the thadow of death, that he might make us the chil.dren of God, and exalt us to everlasting life. And to the end that we should always remember the
exceeding great love of our Master, and only Sa. viour Jesus Christ thus dying for us, and the ina numerable benefits which by his precious blood shedding he had obtained to us ; he hath instituted and ordained holy mysteries as pledges of his love, and for a continual remembrance of his death to our great and endless comfort. To him, therefore, with the Father and the Holy Ghost, let us give (as we are most bounden) continual thanks, submitting ourselves wholly to his holy will and pleasure, and studying to serve him in true holiness and righteousness all the days of our life. Amen.
Rubrick. I Then shall the priest say to them that cometh to receive the holy communion : . iii.
The minifter. 1 . Directions. · Ye that do truly and Being thus called upon to : earnestly repent you ofi,
no make your humble confession 10 your fins, and are in love your whole heart be lift up to
onto almighty God, be sure to let and charity with yourlihe throne of divine grace, and neig hours, and intendihumbly pray, that you may to lead a new life, fol- have a share in that pardon, lowing the command- wbich is soon after to be proments of God, and walk-bounced by the minister, ing from henceforth in his holy ways : draw near with faith, and take this holy sacrament to your con- ; fort, and make your humble confession to Almighty God, meekly kneeling upon your knees..
Rubrick.. Then shall this general CONFESSION be made in the name of all those that are minded to receive the lioiy conimanion, by one of the ministers, both he and all the people kneeling bumbly upon their knees, and saying,
The tinifter. I Directions. .
Almighty God, Father In this confession of sins, of our Lord Jesus Chrift, join with the minister both in maker of all things, judge heart and voice with the greatof all men; we acknow. est humility,foryou are equally ledge and bewail our ma. therein concerned with him.
nifold fins and wickedness, which we from time to time moft grieviously have committed, by thought, word, and deed, against thy Divine Majelty, pro. Voking most justly thy wrath and indignation against us. . We do earnestly repent, and are heartily sorry for there our misdoings : the remembrance of them is grievous unto us; the burden of them is intole. rable ; ' have mercy upon us, have mercy upon us, most merciful Father; for thy Son our Lord Jesus Christ's sake, forgive us all that is past, and grant that we may ever hereafter serve and please thee in newness of life, to the honour and glory of thy name, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
..' Rubrick. . .; . : ' Then shall the priest, (or bishop being present) 'stand up, and turning biinseif to the people, pronounce this absolution
Che poinifter.. Directions."
Almighty God, our When the absolution beheavenly Father, who of attend to the minister with all
cigins, then hold your peace anut his great mercy hath pro your heart, and placed in an mised forgiveness of sins humble posture, beg earnestly to all them that with of God that he will please to hearty repentance, and confirm in heaven the absolutrue faith, turn unto him;"
en unto him allion of your sins, pronounced have mercy upon you, But for any one to repeat the
at this time by his minister. pardon and deliver you absolution word for word with from all your bus, con- the minister', is very absurd, firm and strengthen you and shows much ignorance: in all goodness, and bring for the people's part here is to you to everlasting life, be silent and to attend, and to through Jelus Chrilt our Amen, with a firm resolution
th Telus Christ our say nothing but a inostearnest Lord. Amen.
Ito lead a new life. And therefore let ine warn you in all the public prayers, that you join: with the minister where you are bid, and all other times be silent, attend and niake it yourown, by saying a hearty Amein.
l'heobserving order and decency in prayer, tends mucha to edification ; whereas the contrary begets distraction, anci disturbs both yourself and your neighbour; it offends devout aud understanding people inightily, to hear men and women
saytheir prayers abfurdlyand indecently, holding their tongues where they should speak, and joining with the minister aloud, where they should only hearken and say Amen. But what can be more improper than to hear them promiscuously absolve themselves and one another, and taking the priestly office on them, in a part of it which is one of the inost distinguishing he has.
When the absolutionis over, attend diligently to the sentences of scripture, which the minister is to read ; and when he bids you lift up your hearts to God, you must be sure not only to do it in word but in deed, and with great earnestness.
. Then shall the. Priest say; Hear what comfortable words our Saviour Chrift faith unto all that truly turn unto him :
Come unto me, all ye chat travel and are heavy laden, and I will refresh you. Mat. xi. 28.
So God loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, to the ent that all that believe in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John iii. 16. Hear also what Saint Paul faith.
This is a true saying, and worthy of all men to be received, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save finners. 1 Tim. i. 15.
Hear also what Saint John faith
If any man fin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous, and he is the propitiation for our sins. 1. John ii. 1. · After which the priest shall proceed, saying ;
Lift up your hearts.
It is very meet, right, and our bounden duty, + These words Holy that we 1hould at all times, and Futher] must be omit. in all places, give thanks to ted on Trinity Sun- thee, O Lord, + Holy Father Almighty, everlasting God. * *
Here shall follow the proper preface, according to the time, if there be any especially appointed; or else immediately shall follow, :: • Therefore with angels 'and archangels, and with all the company of heaven,' we laud and magnify thy glorious name; evermore prailing thee, and faying, Holy, holy, holy Lord God of Hofts, heaven and earth are full of thy glory. Glory be to thee, O Lord most high. Amen.
i ; q Proper Prefaces. . .
' Upon Christmas-day, and seven days after: H Because thou didst give Jesus Christ, thine only
Son, to be born, as at this time, for us; who by the operation of the Holy Ghost was made very man,
of the substance of the Virgin Mary his mother, or and that without spot of in, to make us clean from all lin. Therefore, with angels, &c. . . .
9 Upon Easter-day, and seven days after...: But chiefly we are bound to praise thee for the glorious resurrection of thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord :- for he is the very Paschal Limb, which was offered for us, and hach taken away the fin of the world; who by his death hath destroyed death, and, by his rising to life again hath restored us to everlasting life. Therefore, with angels, &c. . .
Upon Ascension-day, and secan days after. Through thy most dearly beloved Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who after his most glorious resurrection manifestly appeared to all his apoftles, and in their fight ascended into heaven to prepare a plaee for us, that where he is, thither we might also ascend, and reign with him in glory. Therefore, with angels, &C.
Upon Whitsunday, and six days after. Thro? Jesus Christ our Lord, according to whose most true promise the Holy Ghost came down as at this time from heaven with a sudden great found, as if it had been a mighty wind, in the likeness of tery tongues, lighting upon the apostles, to teach · L3